Southern Province to become major economic centre soon - President
WEERAKETIYA: When the Southern Province becomes Sri Lanka's
second major economic nerve centre, we should be able to overcome the
challenge of producing sons and daughters of Ruhuna with the necessary
intellectual capacity to enjoy the benefits of that development, said
President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The President made these observations in a special message issued to
mark the opening of the 'Upekka Bo Sevana', Buddhist centre at
Hakuruwela, Weeraketiya, set up under a project sponsored by the Upekka
Buddhist Foundation of Singapore recently.
The President's message read out by Irrigation and Water Management
Minister Chamal Rajapaksa.
He said, "I consider that the setting up of a building complex
replete with a computer centre and a pre-school at my birthplace by the
Buddhist fraternity of Singapore as an honour bestowed on me.
This area has been represented in Parliament by members of my family
including my uncle, late D. M. Rajapaksa and father, late D. A.
Rajapaksa. Therefore, the setting up of this facility in our regions is
a great honour bestowed on us."
The message also said: "It is our objective to develop the Southern
Province in line with the Western Province.
Already foundations have been laid for some major development
projects in the South to make this objective a reality. Among them are
the Hambantota Port, Weerawila International Airport, Koggala Hotel
Management School, Matara-Kataragama Rail road and Southern Expressway
"These projects will help transform the Southern Province into Sri
Lanka's second largest economic nerve centre in the near future.
"Therefore, we should have a labour force with intellectual capacity in
The new computer centre and pre-school at Hakuruwela, Weeraketiya
will be an impetus for achieving this objective. We convey our greatful
thanks to Ven. Kotawaye Khemarama Thera and all other donors who
pioneered this project," the message said.
Irrigation and Water Management Minister Chamal Rajapaksa addressing
the gathering said: "This Buddhist centre is a great resource for this
region. Kotawaya has become another Singapore with the establishment of
this Buddhist centre.
But long ago Sri Lanka was a model for Singapore. Today, after fifty
years, we consider Singapore as a model.
Ven. Kotawaye Khemarama Thera made the welcome address. Earlier,
Hunupitiya Gangaramadhipathi Ven. Galaboda Gnanissara Thera, Chief
Sanghanayak of Colombo Nava Korale delivered a special anusasana.